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[uh-tahyuh r]
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verb (used with object), at·tired, at·tir·ing.
  1. to dress, array, or adorn, especially for special occasions, ceremonials, etc.
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  1. clothes or apparel, especially rich or splendid garments.
  2. the horns of a deer.
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Origin of attire

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English atiren < Anglo-French atirer, Old French atirier, verbal derivative of a tire into a row or rank (see a-3, tier1); (noun) Middle English atir < Anglo-French, noun derivative of the v.
Related formsre·at·tire, verb (used with object), re·at·tired, re·at·tir·ing.un·at·tired, adjectivewell-at·tired, adjective
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Related Words for attire

habit, garb, vestment, uniform, costume, apparel, dress, getup, clothes, gear, things, outfit, threads, array, raiment, duds, wear, togs, accoutrements

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Historical Examples of attire

  • If her morning attire had seemed over-splendid, what shall I say of her appearance now?

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • The most carping could have found no flaw in the quiet taste of his attire.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • A hardy old soldier, I should judge, from his feature and attire.'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • They attire themselves with care, they braid the garland, and they tune the pipe.


    William Godwin

  • The oddity and incongruity of her attire attracted attention.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for attire


  1. (tr) to dress, esp in fine elegant clothes; array
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  1. clothes or garments, esp if fine or decorative
  2. the antlers of a mature male deer
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Word Origin for attire

C13: from Old French atirier to put in order, from tire row; see tier 1
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Word Origin and History for attire


c.1300, "to fit out, equip; to dress in finery, to adorn," from Old French atirier "to equip, ready, prepare," from a- "to" + tire "order, row, dress" (see tier). Related: Attired; attiring.

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c.1300, "equipment of a man-at-arms; fine apparel," from attire (v.).

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